House Bill HB464 proposes to broaden the eligibility for Education Freedom Accounts.
The bill seeks to amend RSA 194-F:1 (Definition of an eligible student) by broadening eligibility. The only existing criterion is family income below 300% of the the federal poverty guideline. The bill would add a list of additional eligibility options, any one of which would qualify the student:
- children in foster card
- children of migratory agricultural or fishing families
- homeless children
- children of parents on active military service
- English-language learner
- children who are persistently bullied in their existing public school
- children with a disability
- children with a manifest educational hardship
- children whose designated public school is in the lowest-performing 5%
- children whose school has been designated as persistently dangerous
- children who qualify for free or reduced price meals
Should SDGA support or oppose? Please discuss.